With less than 3 days left to the 10th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, Ghanafans.com brings you the profile of all eight participating teams. Today, we focus on 2014 World Cup winners Germany; can the reigning world champions win their first Confederations cup?
Germany have participated in this competition two times; in Mexico 1999 and on home soil in 2005. They failed to progress from the group stages in 1999 and finished 3rd on home soil in 2005. This will be their third appearance in the competition.
Die Mannschaft qualified for the Confederations cup by being World Cup winners. They beat Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final after extra time.
Joachim Löw has been at the helm of Die Mannschaft since 2006. Löw ushered in the new generation of German football after the national team was ageing. His work paid off as Germany claimed the 2014 World Cup.
Löw has a playing career before management; he featured for German clubs like SC Freiburg, VFB Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt. He never played for the national team, but he featured four (4) times for the German U21 side.
He started club management in 1994, taking charge of FC Frauenfeld. He spent only one season before moving on to manage VFB Stuttgart. Low then went on to manage five other teams between 1995 and 2004; including Fenerbahçe and Austria Wien (Austria Vienna).
Germany was his first job in international management after more than 20 years of club management. He took charge of Germany in 2006, succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann.
Germany are in 3rd place in the current FIFA World rankings. They are the highest ranked team in the tournament. They are in Group B with Copa America winners Chile, AFCON 2017 winners Cameroon and 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners Australia.
Germany have faced Chile 7 times, winning five and losing two. Their last meeting was in a friendly match in 2014 where Germany won 1-0.
Germany have faced Cameroon three times, winning twice and drawing once. Their last meeting in a friendly match in 2014 ended in a 2-2 draw.
Germany and Australia have gone head to head five times, with Germany winning thrice, drawing once and losing the other.
Joachim Löw has made some bold changes to the squad before the tournament. Leaving out household names like Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller. The squad has a whole host of young players looking to make their mark on the international stage. They are tipped to qualify from Group B with ease.
With a host of young players in the squad, Germany will look to Julian Draxler to lead the team to victory. Draxler was appointed captain for the Confederations cup showing the faith Joachim Löw has in the 23 year old.
At the back, they can also rely on Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Shkodran Mustafi to lead the younger defenders in the team.
In midfield, they can call upon Leon Goretzka, Amin Younes, Emre Can and Julian Brandt.
Up front veteran Sandro Wagner and youngster Timo Werner are expected to produce the goals to push the team to victory.
Werner made his debut for the national team in March 2017. At club level, the striker has netted 21 goals in 31 appearances for RB Liepzig, capturing the attention of some of europe’s giants.
Wagner’s 11 goals in 31 appearances helped Bundesliga surprise packages Hoffenheim qualify for the Champions League. The 29 year old earned his first cap last earlier this month after impressing Joachim Low during his club season.
No two ways about it, this squad was a bold statement from Löw and I hope it really pays off. Expect the Germans to qualify from Group B and reach the semi-finals. With a little luck, they can go on and win it. They are probably the third choice to win the tournament after Portugal and Chile. I am tipping these young underdogs to go on and win the tournament.
Official Confederations Cup squad;
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim), Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach), Emre Can (Liverpool), Amin Younes (Ajax), Leroy Sane*(Manchester City), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)
Forwards: Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Timo Werner (Leipzig)
*withdrawn from squad